I am writing to you as the chair of the Shetland Regional Inshore Fisheries Group. There are 6 groups in Scotland; Shetland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, North West Coast, South West Coast and North and East Coast. Shetland has previously been represented on the RIFGs by the SSMO and going forward the Shetland RIFG will continue to work closely with the SSMO and the SFA. I am attaching a sheet which provides more detailed information on the work that the Shetland Regional Inshore Fisheries Group does and how it relates to the other Shetland Fishing organisations.
I would like to take this chance to invite you to be involved in this group. It can only function with input from the fishermen with first hand experience of the issues. The group will have representatives from Marine Scotland, the SSMO and the SFA. I would like to strengthen the fishermen’s voice by also giving individual fishermen the opportunity to get involved.
The RIFGs aim to improve the links between Fishers, Marine Scotland and the Scottish Government. This can be though putting forward views on SG policy, communicating with other RIFGs or setting up local projects. To be involved in the SRIFG you can be on the main committee which will meet around 4 times a year. Another option is to get in touch with me by phone/email on an ad hoc basis if there is an issue which you would like to discuss.
So, if you think you might be interested in this group or you would like more information please get in touch – my contact details are below.
I am also hoping to form a Young Fishers subgroup so if you are young (definition can be a bit flexible – under 35ish) and interested in that please let me know. Or if you yourself are more mature but know younger folk that work in the fishing industry, that may be interested – I would be grateful if you could pass on the invitation!
Many thanks and I look forward to catching up over the next few months.
Shetland Regional Inshore Fisheries Chair
The Regional Inshore Fisheries Groups (RIFGs) aim to improve the management of inshore fisheries in the 0-6 nautical mile zone of Scottish waters, and to give commercial inshore fishermen a strong voice in wider marine management developments.